The Effects Of Optimism On A Human 's Mental Health Essay

751 Words Apr 8th, 2016 4 Pages
“Half full or half empty?”, the psychologist asks with a dull tone, due to the ever repeating question. If the answer is “half full’ then one has the tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome or the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world (Dictionary). This is called optimism. Whereas if the answer is ‘half empty” this person has traits of a pessimist, meaning they tend to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen (Dictionary ). However, not only are these traits an outlook on life, they are also a vital aspect of people’s health. The effects of optimism on a human’s mental health, physical health, and life activities are generally beneficiary.
Each of the following studies use experiment specific strategies to measure optimism. For example, Harvard School of Public Health’s two strategies are measuring dispositional optimism and explanatory style (Harvard Health). Dispositional optimism is based on the subject’s positive expectations, in several areas, for one’s future (Harvard Health). Many other researchers also use this method by utilizing the 12-item Life Orientation Test ( Harvard Health). Explanatory style is based on how a person describes or explains good or bad news ( Harvard Health). “The pessimist assumes blame for bad news (“It’s me”), assumes the situation is stable ("It will last forever”), and has a global impact ("It will affect everything I…

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